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    Posted October 15, 2012 by
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    The Dalai Lama at Middlebury College


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     collierphoto captured these photos of the Dalai Lama speaking at Middlebury College in Vermont on Saturday, October 13. He describes the mood of the day as very happy and excited. "It was packed! I have wanted to photograph the Dalai Lama since his last visit to Middlebury in 1990. It was literally a life goal I thought would never happen," he says. "The Dalai Lama almost has this aura of happiness around him that is infectious. He has an amazing sense of humor and this ability to make the people around him smile."

    When the Dalai Lama was seated after coming onto the stage, collierphoto says he set his cameras down to in order to give him a traditional bow with hands together in a prayer position. "His holiness actually gave me a big smile and returned the gesture," he says. "A moment I will cherish for the rest of my life!"
    - Anika3, CNN iReport producer

    On October 13th, The Dalai Lama returned to Middlebury College in Middlebury Vermont for the first time in 22 years. His holiness was introduced by his longtime friend US Senator Patrick Leahy. Speaking before a crowd of 2800 people at the Nelson Athletic center on the college campus, his message of peace and compassion resonated powerfully with the audience.

    For me, the opportunity to photograph His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama was the culmination of lifelong goal that began with his last appearance at Middlebury College 22 years ago.
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